David Rohde

Inside Islam’s culture war

By David Rohde
March 8, 2012

ISTANBUL – In a state-of-the-art television studio here, the Islamic world’s version of America’s culture war is playing out in a lavishly re-created 16th century palace.

NPR Weekend Edition interview on drone strikes

By David Rohde
March 7, 2012

A March 3, 2012 interview with Scott Simon of NPR. To listen, click here.

How Obama’s drone war is backfiring

By David Rohde
March 1, 2012

This essay was originally published in the March/April issue of Foreign Policy.

When Barack Obama took the oath of office three years ago, no one associated the phrase “targeted killing” with his optimistic young presidency. In his inaugural address, the 47-year-old former constitutional law professor uttered the word “terror” only once. Instead, he promised to use technology to “harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.”

Talk for now in Syria, but prepare to arm

By David Rohde
February 24, 2012

REYHANLI, Turkey – Here on the border between Turkey and Syria, evidence abounds that Bashir Al-Assad is winning.

What job creation looks like outside Washington

By David Rohde
February 16, 2012

RALEIGH-DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA — In two small, unassuming offices here, Bob Robinson and Eric Buckland are quietly making heroic efforts to help the American middle class. But American capitalism — and the American government — serve them both poorly.

The university as job laboratory

By David Rohde
February 10, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA — At the age of 17, Holden Thorp placed fifth in a nationally televised Rubik’s cube competition on the ABC show That’s Incredible! At 24, he received a doctorate in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology after studying for three years instead of five. And at 43, he was named chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, becoming one of the country’s youngest university presidents.

Mitt and the middle class

By David Rohde
February 3, 2012

Mitt Romney’s declaration that he wasn’t concerned about “the very poor” was lampooned by Republicans and Democrats alike this week. But his next statement in a CNN interview is the one that could determine the fate of his candidacy.

America’s good bank

By David Rohde
January 27, 2012

It didn’t take a penny in federal bailout money. It grew throughout the financial crisis. It has consistently garnered top customer service rankings. And Fortune magazine just named it one of the 20 best companies to work for in America. Meet America’s good bank: USAA.

The world according to Romney

By David Rohde
January 20, 2012

Update: Given yesterday’s results in South Carolina, I clearly shouldn’t have called Romney the Republican party’s “presumptive nominee.” For a critical look at a Gingrich administration foreign policy, take a look at this analysis by The Atlantic’s Max Fisher. Here’s my Jan. 20th take on Romney’s foreign policy.

White House: The American middle class is shrinking

By David Rohde
January 13, 2012

In a speech in Washington on Thursday, the chairman of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers said that the American middle class has been shrinking since 1970. Princeton University economist Alan Krueger said the American middle class shrank from 50.3 percent of American households in 1970 to 42.2 percent in 2010. Krueger defined the middle class as households with annual incomes within 50 percent of the national median income. Here is a table presented describing his findings.